Port operators rule out container option
THE Port of Portland has ruled out becoming a container port.
Port chief executive officer Jim Cooper said on Thursday the port at Portland would continue as a bulk commodities port.
“We have seven to eight years of growth here in handling bulk commodities and we have our hands full with that task – they are commodities such as timber and woodchips from plantations, and the world is crying out for that resource,” he said.
Infrastructure Victoria has released a discussion paper and evidence it will consider in developing its future advice to government on a second container port for the state, but Portland is not part of its investigations.
It is looking at three options – the Port of Melbourne, Hastings and Bay West near Werribee.